Boise, April 23, 2012 - The Boise Police Night STEP team, the unit made
up of officers specially trained in DUI enforcement, prosecution
and education, focused their efforts last Wednesday and Thursday,
April 18th and 19th on the outbound connector both nights from
10:00 p.m. until midnight. Word of the focused DUI patols were
released ahead of time to citizens via the Boise Police
Department's Facebook and Twitter pages.
Seven officers made 55 total traffic stops and found evidence
that six drivers, or slightly more than 10% were driving under the
influence. All six were arrested for DUI.
"It's very concerning that we found that many drivers,
more than ten-percent on a weekday night who chose to drive under
the influence. We're very glad officers made arrests instead
of having to respond to crashes," said Lt. Bryan Hagler of the
Boise Night STEP team.
"The I-184 connector is a major route out of the heart of
the city that people use after all kinds of social, sports and
entertainment events. It's fairly comon to find officers patrolling
the connector, and we put the word out that DUI patrols would be
out in force these nights and still we had this high number of DUI
arrests. That shows we need to continue our solid enforcement as
well as education efforts to try and keep people safe onBoise
roadways. " said Lt. Hagler.
Here are the statistics from the focused patrols April 18 &
19, 10:00 p.m. until midnight:
Total Stops: 55 traffic stops
DUI Arrests: 6
Move-over warnings: 19
Move-over citations: 3
Speed warnings: 6
Speed citations: 1
Red Light citations: 1
No Insurance citations: 4
Expired Drivers License citations: 1
Driving Without Privileges citations: 1
Warrant Arrests: 1
It is always officer discretion whether to issue a warning or a
citation to a driver for a traffic infraction. Officers make that
decision based on the overall circumstances involved in that
particular stop and situation. Officers give no tolerance to
drivers after evidence they are driving under the influence.
For more on the Boise PD Night STEP team, DUI education,
enforcement and penalties, go to the Boise Police Night STEP team web page.